RIP David Clapson, Another Man ‘Helped’ To Death By Iain Duncan Smith

RIP David Clapson, the latest tragic victim of callous welfare reforms.

RIP David Clapson, the latest tragic victim of callous welfare reforms.

When Funghi, the unemployed alcoholic  featured in the recent Benefits Street television series, disclosed that he had been abused as a child, most of those condemning him on twitter did not even blink.  Such is the state whipped up contempt amongst some towards people on benefits, that not even the revelation of a tragic childhood was enough to stop the bullying mob.

Yet one of the reasons child abuse is such an abhorrent crime is that the scars often last a lifetime.  Everybody knows this.  Addiction, depression, low self-esteem, isolation, these are just some of the ways that a life can be blighted by mistreatment as a child.  Often people like this find it hard to just get a job, and often not through want of trying.  The sad truth is that employers are not rushing out to hire people addicted to drink or drugs, or those with a serious mental health condition, or even people who might simply be judged to have a mild personality disorder.  In an economy based on high unemployment, and no real political will to change that, some people will always be left behind.  There are over two million people currently looking for a job.

Captitalism chews people up and spits them out.  Everybody knows this as well.  Whether the stress of a shit job or no job, poverty, lack of adequate housing and fractured communities, the pressures faced by those at the bottom are immense.  Yet the poor are now expected to be super-heroes.  Lone parents are not only expected to juggle looking after young children with endless work-related activity imposed by Jobcentres, but also to feed them healthy food, home-cooked on the fucking Aga using only natural ingredients.  It doesn’t matter that the pittance those parents have to survive on barely pays for value chicken nuggets and oven chips.  They should make do and mend, live on ten pounds a week, darn socks by the fire and be grateful that their children are just malnourished, not starving.

Disabled people and those with health conditions are now having those conditions and disabilities magically disappeared by endless health assessments which are designed to stop their benefits.  Such is the triumph of neo-liberalism, the rhetoric goes, that there is a job for anyone now if they just try hard enough.  If you can tweet you can work as one Tory MP claimed.  The stark fact that employers are guilty of grotesque discrimination towards disabled workers is swept under the carpet at best, or at worst disabled people themselves are blamed for this prejudice.

Many tyrants claim to be helping the people whose live are demolished by their acts of barbarism.  Whether European invaders ‘civilising’ Africa by forcing the people into chains, or Tony Blair carpet-bombing Baghdad to save it, death and destruction have often been inflicted by messianic monsters who believe they are killing people for their own good.

The latest government workfare scheme is called Help To Work.  It is nothing of the sort of course, when this type of workfare was tried in a pilot scheme it had no impact on whether people found a job.  But that hasn’t stopped gushing press releases from the DWP lying about all the wonderful new support the scheme offers.  In truth this so-called support is either forced labour or starvation and this Government couldn’t particularly give a fuck which.

Under the guise of this ‘help’, Iain Duncan Smith has re-designed the already scant support of the social security system to be a torture machine.  Slip up, just for a second, and you will be dragged down, to poverty, homelessness and destitution.  It doesn’t even matter if it’s not your fault.  People newly diagnosed with cancer now spend as much time fighting the DWP so they can have enough money to eat, as they do fighting their illness.  Victims of domestic abuse face being socially cleansed from the area they may have grown up in, instead of being provided safe, and secure housing.  Kids who’ve been in care are sanctioned, cut off benefits completely, and left to beg, rob, or sell their bodies to survive.

Today the Daily Mirror features the harrowing case of former soldier David Clapson on their front page.  This man, a 59 year old diabetic, was left penniless and without even electricity to keep his insulin chilled in the fridge.  A coroner found he had no food in his stomach.  His crime was to miss a meeting at the Jobcentre.  His punishment was death by benefit sanction.  Sanctions which ‘help’ people and according to one senior DWP official are even welcomed by those they are inflicted on.

David is not the first person to die as a direct result of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms, and he will not be the last.  We will never hear of most of them.  As this Government knows only too well, the people they are waging war on are largely voiceless.  But there is an atrocity quietly taking place in the UK right now.

It is not worth one of these deaths to catch the tiny minority of benefit claimants who might be actively avoiding work.  In a country that spends millions on aircraft carriers, sports competitions, royal weddings and second homes for MPs, there is clearly enough money to carry a tiny handful of people on a subsistence income.  People who if the tabloids are to be believed do not live lives that many would envy anyway.  No-one who queues up outside the off-licence in the morning is usually very happy.  And daytime TV is shit, even on a flat-screen television set.

A society that drives some people to their deaths in the hope of catching a scrounger is no longer humane.  It is barely even a society.  Perhaps that is the point.  The rich would far rather have us fighting each other for the scraps they throw down than have a compassionate, strong and united working class.  We must change this, us from below.  If we do not, then the future is  not one you will want your children to grow up in.

UPDATE: David Clapson’s family have launched a petition calling for a public inquiry into the sanctions that killed him, please sign and share: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-cameron-hold-an-inquiry-into-benefit-sanctions-that-killed-my-brother

Sign the petition to scrap the benefit sanctions which killed David Clapson without exceptions.

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132 responses to “RIP David Clapson, Another Man ‘Helped’ To Death By Iain Duncan Smith

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  2. Voiceless? I dont think so, there are a couple of contributers to Mike Siviers Vox Political blog, i seem to recall, who have taken it upon themselves to record all the names of those who have died, and forward these on to the UN’s special Rapporteur
    I’m sure Mike will see this and confirm or correct me…

    • Yes there has been some great work done on this. It is likely though that there have been many more deaths due to suicides, over-doses, people’s health conditions made worse etc, which have gone unreported, or have not been explicitly linked to benefit changes in inquests.

      • Granted, more than one or two will have slipped quietly and un noticed in to the night thinking no one gives a shit, but i, you and many contributors here DO

        • “PLACING TINSEL ON THE GRAVES OF THE DISABLED THE DWP HAVE ALREADY MURDERED”

          ………………….ARSEHOLES MUST BE PUCKERING IN THE THE FRONT BENCHES AT THE THOUGHT OF THE HUGE LITIGATION SCANDAL THAT IS DRAWING EVER CLOSER……………………

          KILLING HUMAN BEINGS WITH MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, HAD TO BE THE BRAINCHILD OF SOME SICK FUCK FROM WITHIN THE WALLS OF A NAZI EXTERMINATION CAMP, NOT TWENTY FIRST CENTURY THINKING.

          AS THE MORTALITY RATES INCREASE AT AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE, THE GOVERNMENT ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO PRETEND THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP US “INCOMPLETE, UNWORTHY PEOPLE”.

          TODAY ON THE BBC NEWS THEY ARE TRYING TO HERALD A NEW DAWN FOR THE DISABLED, TRUMPETING THE IDEOLOGY THAT WE CAN LESSEN THE BURDEN OF OUR DISABILITY IN THE WAY WE SHOP AROUND……………

          SOME FACELESS BASTARD WITH A DOUBLE BARRELED NAME CAN SUGGEST WAYS TO SHOP THAT WILL ALLEVIATE THE BURDEN OF OUR SUFFERINGS.

          “IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF PLACING TINSEL ON THE GRAVES OF THE DISABLED THE DWP HAS ALREADY MURDERED”……………………………..

          ATOS WAS JUST A PIECE OF CLEVERLY ACQUIRED CAMOUFLAGE FOR THE REAL ASSASSINS IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS, WHO ACT ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE LIKES OF THE AMERICAN PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE GIANT, UNUM.

          DRESSING MURDER UP AS A WELFARE REFORM AND SELLING IT TO OUR QUEEN TO AUTHORISE, IS NOT THE ACT OF SANE PEOPLE, IT IS AN ACT OF GENOCIDE, CULPABLE HOMICIDE, MASS MURDER……………….

          “STATE EXECUTION”

          I AM NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT, NEVER HAVE BEEN, NEVER WILL BE, THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VENT THEIR ANGER ARE THOSE ALREADY IN THE GROUND, THE ONES HIDDEN FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS.

          THE ACT OF NON DISCLOSURE IS AN ACT OF GUILT. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY INNOCENT OF ANY CHARGE THAT MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU.

          OUR DWP AND IT’S TRIGGER MEN, THE PCS SPECIALLY PROMOTED SANCTION SQUAD ARE THE NEW GOD………….

          THEY HAVE THE DIVINE RIGHT TO DECIDE IF A PERSON LIVES OR DIES, THE RIGHT TO REMOVE THE MECHANISM THAT SUSTAINS LIFE, MONEY………..

          LIFE OF HUMAN BEINGS HAS REPLACED FOX HUNTING AS THE TOFFEE NOSED ELITES NUMBER ONE SPORT.
          WHY CHOOSE TO SEE A FOX RIPPED TO SHREDS IN A FEW MOMENTS WHEN YOU CAN WATCH A DISABLED SUFFER IN DESTITUTION WHILE STRUGGLING TO HANG ON TILL THE LAST BREATH?.

          THEY SAY EVIL HAS NO BOUNDARIES BUT THIS COALITION GOVERNMENT WENT OVER THAT BOUNDARY WHEN THEY CHOSE TO DO BATTLE WITH THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE THE LEAST RESISTANCE, THE DISABLED.

          WE MIGHT NOT BE A PRETTY SIGHT, NOT THE STUFF OF CATWALKS, BUT WE ARE NEVERTHELESS, HUMAN BEINGS, LIKE IT OR LUMP IT…………………………..

          AS FOR MY THIRTY TWO POUNDS PER WEEK THAT YOU HAVE PAID ME AND MY FAMILY FOR OVER 13 MONTHS, I WILL TRY AND SPEND IT WISELY TO MAKE SURE EVERY PENNY DOES NOT GO TO WASTE!

    • One of the commenters on Mike’s blog, who has put up the names of some of those who have been killed by IDS, Fester McLie and the DWP is Stilloaks. He and another person had a website/ Facebook page listing about the 45 or so named in the press or on-line. I’m sure there are many, many more.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “A QUESTION FOR JUSTICE HICKINBOTTOM, EX CHIEF SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER”

      “WHEN DID A SANCTION BECOME PREMEDITATED MURDER?”

      ANSWER/

      ……………..upon your last decision it would seem…….

      THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF A HIGH COURT JUDGE…………….

      TO HOLD THE POWER TO DECIDE WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES……….

      “GOD IN A POWDERED WIG”

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “THIS WAS TWO YEARS AGO”…………………………………..

      The Guardian, Wednesday 20 June 2012 12.31

      Senior jobcentre executives have warned staff of the risk of benefit claimants attempting suicide as controversial changes to sickness benefits are being pushed through.

      The warning, contained in an internal email sent to staff by three senior managers of the government-run jobcentres, warns staff that ill-handling of benefit changes for vulnerable claimants could have “profound results” and highlights the case of one suicide attempt this year.

      It emphasises the need for the “utmost care and sensitivity” when dealing with customers, as a result of “difficult changes which some of our more vulnerable customers may take some time to accept and adjust to”.

      The email, adds: “Very sadly, only last week a customer of DWP [Department for Work and Pensions] attempted suicide” – which it adds is “said to be the result of receiving a letter” informing him that his sickness benefit would be cut off.

      The memo will crystallise concerns among charities, campaigners and medical professionals over the impact of welfare reforms on the mental health of some of Britain’s most vulnerable people.

      Disability campaigners privately warned ministers last year that flaws in the work capability assessment, would lead to some mentally ill people taking their own lives. But they said they were accused by ministers of scaremongering.

      Neil Coyle of the charity Disability Rights UK, said: “The government is cutting direct support for thousands of disabled people and using a process to do so which is unfit for purpose. The assessment process for out of work benefits needs urgent improvement to ensure genuine needs are identified properly and to avoid further tragic consequences.

      “We and our members warned the government – and DWP especially – of the impact of cuts in support but the problem has been swept under the carpet in the rush to deliver cuts in welfare expenditure. Numbers on a balance sheet have been considered more important than the lived reality of disabled people sadly.”

      The memo was sent in late April, days before the controversial change of time-limiting contributions-based employment and support allowance was introduced, which will see thousands of sickness benefit claimants with a working partner or some savings lose up to £91 a week in support.

      The email sent to jobcentre staff emphasises the importance of being “empathetic” with vulnerable clients, “taking the time to properly understand their circumstances … and talking through their options or signposting them to other sources of support/advice”. It adds: “The consequences of getting this wrong can have profound results.”

      The Rutherglen and Hamilton West Labour MP Tom Greatrex said: “The DWP should take seriously the potential impact its decisions can have on people’s lives.

      “The ‘one size fits all’ nature of the work capability assessment is at the root of the problem. A crude computer test of fitness to work leaves little room for a consideration of the affect on mental health.

      “It’s not just those with pre-existing mental health problems who are at risk. People suffering from conditions such as Parkinson’s and cancer find themselves in distressing situations, with added anxiety caused by these tests. At a time when they need help, too often they feel they are being hounded.”

      A DWP spokesperson said: “It remains rare to find incidents of self-harm where the benefits system is said to have been a factor, but we are not complacent when it comes to ensuring that our staff can provide the right support and help to those affected.

      “We ensure our staff are highly trained and ready to help people, however vulnerable they may be and whatever pressures they face.

      “We have worked hard – and continue to do so – to improve the way the work capability assessment works for those with mental health issues, but it is right to reform the welfare system. The old incapacity benefits system let down too many people by simply writing them off to a life on benefits, which did nothing for their wellbeing.”

      But the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents Jobcentre Plus staff, says that they feel ill-equipped to deal with the volume of work, vulnerable claimants and cutbacks.

      One jobcentre telephone adviser told the Guardian that the change had been handled “abysmally” and that they feel ill-equipped and “helpless” when talking to distraught customers on the phone, who are phoning up to ask about other options.

      “A lot of them are very distressed. They are asking us what to do … how are they supposed to live. And there’s nowhere else we can signpost them to, there’s literally nowhere for them to go.”

      Several coroners’ reports into suicides have mentioned benefits decisions as a contributory factor, but ministers have always been careful to avoid acknowledging a link.

      The Guardian has spoken to dozens of benefits workers and recipients as part of an investigation into the problems faced by Britons living on the breadline and identified three separate cases of attempted suicide among people where changes to their benefits appeared to have been a factor. Several others claimed to have felt suicidal.

      Speaking in the Commons recently, the employment minister, Chris Grayling, said: “We will always look very, very carefully indeed where something like that happens. So far my experience is that the story is much more complicated. But that does not mean we are not doing the right thing.

      “I passionately believe that we should be helping [people], particularly those with mental health problems. I have met people who have been out of work for years and years and years with chronic depression who we are now beginning to help back into work. We have got to be very careful but we do look very carefully when those situations arise.”

      Link to this

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        Disability activists spread ‘Atos kills’ message at Commonwealth Games
        Jul
        2014
        Thursday 31st
        posted by Rory MacKinnon in Britain

        HUNDREDS of Commonwealth Games tourists were surprised in Glasgow’s George Square yesterday as disability activists cried shame on sponsor Atos.

        A clutch of demonstrators backing campaign group Glasgow Against Atos held banners and placards aloft — reading “ATOS KILLS” — in front of sports fans who were viewing the Glasgow 2014 sculpture and queueing for Games merchandise.

        IT giant Atos has sought to boost its public profile by sponsoring database software for international sporting events, but campaigners have fought to expose its role in deadly cuts to disability benefits under a lucrative contract running “work capability assessments” for the Department of Work and Pensions.

        Demonstrator Ronnie Swinton told the Morning Star he had come all the way from Dundee to voice his anger at Atos.

        Mr Swinton said he had spent seven weeks “without any money,” depending on friends as he fought to appeal a decision that he was fit for work despite chronic depression.

        Mr Swinton said he had eventually won his appeal but the stress had taken a further toll on his health.

        “I was afraid of losing my flat.

        “It would’ve given me a mental illness if I didn’t have one in the first place,” he said.

        And a government proposal to simply switch contractors won’t solve the problems either, he added: “The whole system’s got to be stopped before any more people die.”

        Several suicides have been linked to benefits being denied following Atos’ assessments, including “Miss DE” in 2011, whose identity remains protected, and blind agoraphobe Tim Salter, who took his own life in September last year.

        The department says it does not record mortality rates for those deemed “fit for work.”

        But figures released in 2012 suggested that 2,200 people had died before Atos had even completed their assessment — and 1,300 had died within six weeks of being shunted into “work related activity.”

        In 2012 Paralympic athletes hid their branded lanyards at London’s Olympic opening ceremony, while Sport Disability Scotland told MSPs in April of athletes who could no longer afford to continue their sporting careers after losing out to an assessment.

        Games organisers have repeatedly said they remain “very proud” of Atos’ involvement, while Atos maintains that its assessments merely offer information to DWP officials who decide on access to benefits.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      …….WHAT IF THIS GIRL DIES?
      “WILL IT BE JUST BRUSHED ASIDE AND ANOTHER EMPTY APOLOGY RELEASED BY A FACELESS DWP SPOKESMAN?”

      From: Miss Dawn Richardson

      28 July 2014

      Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

      Dear Sir or Madame I am writing this short letter you and your
      Supervisor that it is wrong for you to cease my Jobseekers
      Allowance I therefore have nothing to live off I therefore am
      struggling to pay for food etc. YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW

      Yours faithfully,

      MISS DAWN RICHARDSON

      Link to this

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i_am_taking_legal_action_in_suei#incoming-544768

      L

      • “YOU MIGHT ASK WHAT TRIBUNAL JUDGE J D WALL AND DR. MANNERS HAVE TO DO WITH MALNUTRITION”

        Evidently, malnutrition has risen at the highest rate for over a century, increasing by some 9% recently. The government have stated that it should not be happening and that billions of pounds are available to combat it.

        What you, the public, are being told is far, far, from reality………………..

        It is no coincidence that the ailments that once abounded in Victorian Britain are now on the increase…………..

        “When at a tribunal recently, i was adjudged by the aforesaid people, when allowed to speak, i told them my family and i were having to eat out of date food and cup a soup to survive, having been given only £32.32 per week since last july”.

        Having been deemed disabled for life and left with no support is something nobody should ever face.

        What the politicians leak to their friends at the BBC is complete bullshit, the judiciary is the mainstay of the DWP Sanctions process.

        the government are now under scrutiny from the Human Rights Organisation, the UK judiciary should also be under scrutiny for their betrayal of the disabled and poor.

        All the magistrates and judges and dwp doctors are making a tidy sum from the supermarket justice they inflict each day………………

        “OUR MISERY IS THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME”

    • “ONLY 153,800 ERRORS, AND OF THOSE, HOW MANY ARE PUSHING UP DAISIES, MR. SMITH?”

      Between 2010 and 2013, the government, which has the final say on the assessments, reversed 158,300 fit-for-work approvals by Atos.

      In one case, a dying man with a brain tumour and serious heart condition was deemed fit to work by Atos.

      In another, a vulnerable man with Asperger’s Syndrome, a phobia for food and several other health issues was stripped of his ESA after being judged fit to work by Atos. He later died of malnourishment.

      • ……………….IF A CAR MANUFACTURER PRODUCED A VEHICLE THAT HAD A FAULT THAT RESULTED IN HALF A DOZEN LIVES BEING LOST, THEY WOULD BE FORCED TO RECALL ALL THE REST OF THE VEHICLES AND REMEDY THE FAULTY PART………………..

        THE DWP, HOWEVER, HAVE DECIDED TO CARRY ON WITH THE FAULTY PARTS AND WATCH THE MORTALITY RATES INCREASE.

        IGNORANCE OF THE FACTS IS NO DEFENCE, ASK THOSE WHO FELL THROUGH TRAPDOORS AT NUREMBERG, HEADS SHOCKED TO ONE SIDE AS THE WEIGHT OF THEIR BODIES SEALED THEIR FATE………………….

    • “HS2, THE NEW RAILWAY OF DEATH”

      FORGET THE OLD DEATH RAILWAY THAT RAN ON THE BURMA THAI SYSTEM AND CONCENTRATE ON THE LATEST CONTROVERSIAL MINDSET OF A GROUP OF HIGHLY PAID IDIOTS………………….

      THEY USED TO RECKON THAT FOR EVERY SLEEPER LAID, IT REPRESENTED THE REMOVAL OF A PERSONS LIFE………………..

      NOTHING HAS APPARENTLY CHANGED.

      WHILE FAMILIES SEEK TO FIND CRUMBS HURRIEDLY SWEPT OFF THE TABLECLOTH OF THE ASHES OF THE WELFARE STATE, DISABLED AND THE POOR ARE SENT TO EARLY GRAVES AND THE LEVEL OF RICH / POOR DISCONTENT REACHES FEVER PITCH, ONLY THE MENTALLY INSANE DARE DREAM THIS UP……………………….

      COUNTLESS BILLIONS SQUANDERED ON A ROAD TO NOWHERE?

      “HOW MANY LIVES DOES IT TAKE TAKE TO KNOCK A FEW MINUTES OFF A TRAIN JOURNEY?”

      “HOW MANY BENEFITS STOLEN FROM THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED, THE DISABLED AND POOR”

      THE ABUSE OF WEALTH AND POWER HAS REACHED A SICKENING CRESCENDO………

      OUR HALLS OF GOVERNMENT ARE FILLED, EVERY INCH, WITH THE INCREASING STENCH OF CORRUPTION.
      WHO IS REALLY REPRESENTING THE VIEWS OF THE ELECTORATE AND WHO IS REALLY REPRESENTING THE VIEWS OF THE SECRET HANDSHAKE, UNDER THE TABLE, BIG BROWN ENVELOPE CONSORTIUMS?.

      THEY ARE TAKING THE PISS, BIG TIME!

      ANOTHER RAIL NETWORK WILL NOT BRING PROSPERITY TO ANYONE UP NORTH, MOST TRANSPORT IS DONE BY ROAD………………………

      MY FAMILY AND I CANNOT HARDLY AFFORD TO GO ON THE EXISTING RAIL NETWORK, LET ALONE THE PROPOSED “GLITZY EXPRESS”

      THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO STAND TO GAIN FROM THIS DISGRACEFUL SHOW OF OPULENCE ARE THE ONES PULLING THE STRINGS, THE LOBBYISTS WHO RUN RINGS ROUND OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS GREED.

      AN INQUIRY SHOULD BE MADE IMMEDIATELY INTO WHO IS TO GAIN FROM THE CONTRACTS AND THE SLIMY LINKS THEY HAVE TO INFLUENTIAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEES.

      GRANTED THERE ARE A FEW ON THE BENCHES WHO PURPORT TO CHAMPION THE OLD SOCIALIST VIEWS, BUT THIS IS A REHEARSED RHETORIC TO KEEP THEM AFLOAT OF THE PUBLIC THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT.

      OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOTHING SHORT OF A GENTLEMENS CLUB OF SECRET HANDSHAKES TO ELEVATE PERSONAL FINANCES.

      I HAVE SEEN IT AT LOCAL PLANNING LEVELS IN MY OWN TOWN OF LONELY SCARBOROUGH. BROWN ENVELOPES STUFFED WITH CASH TO BRING ABOUT FORTUNE TO THE INTERESTED PARTIES.

      WESTMINSTER IS NO DIFFERENT, THE STAKES AND THE GAMBLE ARE MUCH HIGHER.

      ASK THE TORY PARTY DONORS WHO ARE BEING REWARDED BY PEERAGES AS WE SPEAK?

      “YOU CROSS MY PALM WITH SILVER AND I WILL CROSS YOURS”

      THE FALLOUT FROM THIS HARE BRAINED RAILWAY FIASCO IS APPARENT ON EVERY MAIN STREET OF EVERY TOWN OR CITY IN THE UK……….POVERTY…..

      IS A SHINY NEW RAILWAY THAT CUTS MINUTES OFF A JOURNEY TIME, PARAMOUNT TO PUTTING A MEAL ON A PLATE AND HAVING A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS?

      THESE JOKERS SEEM TO THINK SO!

      GIVE A WAVE FROM YOUR BEAUTIFUL NEW CARRIAGES TO THE REAL FACE OF THOSE AT THE SIDE OF THE TRACKS, THE UNDERPRIVILEGED, THE HOMELESS AND THE SICK……………………………

      GREAT BRITAIN, WHAT A FUCKING HUGE JOKE, HELL ON A SHOESTRING……………

      “YOU GO TO THE DINING CAR AND WE WILL GO TO THE FOOD BANKS”
      Reply

    • JUST RECEIVED MY THIRTY FIRST LETTER FROM THE DWP REGARDING MY ESA THAT WAS REFUSED……………………

      MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE GIVEN IN BY NOW, AND MOST PROBABLY HAVE, BUT I AM LIKE A DOG WITH A BONE…………………

      “I JUST WON’T LET GO”

      TO KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN CHEATED, LIED TO, SUBJECTED TO CRUELTY AND TORTURED, JUST TO SAVE THE TREASURY MONEY, IS THE LOWEST OF THE LOWEST.

      OUR POLITICIANS DECIDED TO STEAL FROM THOSE LEAST LIKELY TO FIGHT BACK.

      YOU THE DISABLED, AND THE POOREST IN SOCIETY.

      BULLYING THOSE AT THE BOTTOM SEEMS TO BE THE NEW SPORT OF THE TOFFS.

      TO STOP ME APPEALING TO THE UPPER TRIBUNAL I HAVE BEEN REBUFFED BY FOUR DIFFERENT JUDGES UP TO NOW,

      JUDGES, WALL, CRACKNELL, McDONALD AND BIRD……………..

      “EACH ONE HAS NOT ONE IOTA OF FEELING FOR THE CLAIMANT, OF THEIR PREDICAMENT, DISABILITIES OR LIFESTYLE”

      THEY HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY CHOSEN TO UPHOLD THE DECISIONS OF CHARLATAN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, PLEASE STOP LAUGHING!!!!

      JUSTICE AND LAW WENT OUT OF THE WINDOW YEARS AGO, THESE PEOPLE ARE NOTHING SHORT OF PARASITES WHO LEECH OFF THE MISERY THEY DOLE OUT EACH DAY.

      EVERY TIME THEY PUT THEIR MONICKER ON A DWP STRUCTURED STATEMENT, THEIR POCKETS BULGE EVEN FURTHER.

      YOU ARE SUPPOSED, IN UK LAW, TO BE HEARD BY YOUR PEERS.

      LOOK UP THE DEFINITION OF PEER IN THE DICTIONARY. IT STATES “A PERSON OF EQUAL RANK OR MERIT”.

      OUR JUDICIARY IS NOTHING OF THE SORT, STATE CONTROLLED YES MEN………………………..

      ALL THE DECISIONS AGAINST THE POOR AND DISABLED ARE SO CLEARLY BIASED, AS TO BE BEYOND BELIEF………………………

      …………………..EVEN YEARS AGO I WAS TALKING TO A LOCAL MAGISTRATE OVER A BEER.
      I ASKED HIM IF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS AT A LOCAL LEVEL WAS INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY?

      HE REPLIED THAT THE JOB OF A LOCAL MAGISTRATE WAS MORE OF A SHOW FOR THE ACCUSED, TO LET THEM THINK THAT THEY WERE SEEING JUSTICE IN ACTION.

      HE SAID HIS JOB WAS EASY BECAUSE MOST DECISIONS WERE ALREADY PROMPTED BY THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE BEFOREHAND. HE JUST DID AS HE WAS INSTRUCTED.

      TO THIS DAY I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN WHAT HE TOLD ME………………..

      ODDLY, THE ZERO MARKS THAT I WAS AWARDED BY EMMA BRODRICK HCP, DO NOT ECHO THE EIGHT DOCTORS STATEMENTS THAT I UNCOVERED IN MY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOR ALL DOCUMENTS THAT THE DWP HELD ON ME………….

      I WOULD URGE ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO IS HAVING A DING DONG WITH THE DWP, TO REQUEST ALL INFORMATION THAT THEY HOLD.

      IT COSTS NOTHING AND WILL GIVE YOU THAT VITAL BIT OF AMMUNITION TO FIGHT YOUR CORNER………………..

      MY PERSONAL INFORMATION WAS OVER SEVEN INCHES DEEP AND CAME IN THREE GIANT ENVELOPES!

      SO ONWARD I MARCH, CONFIDENT THAT I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG OTHER THAN CHALLENGING THE STATE SPONSORED THEFT OF MY BONAFIDE BENEFITS…………..

    • I agree with Ulysses , my man of choice with my support in this battle of evil versus evil is Mike Sivier of Vox Political . He may not have his brain on the correct star of socialist justice at all times or the present, but he his unafraid to communicate . At least he believes in humanity .

  3. Rosemarie Harris

    Someone should be held responsible, just because you are unemployed dosen’t make you less human. Why didn’t someone help him to get food?
    Perhaps we all need to hand out leaflets outside job centres informing the unemployed of their little rights. Perhaps the unions could pay for the leaflets? We can’t keep reading about another unemployed who has died because of no food in the cupboard. If you know of someone help them ,lets start taking from the rich they want a class war … lets give it to them.

    • Someone IS responsible, Rosemary.
      Baldilocks himself.
      I think its time to start Graffiti’ing on every motorway bridge and government building :
      IDS= GENOCIDE

      We should not rest until this evil bastard faces trial

      • Ulysses,
        wrote my comment (further down) before i read yours; in complete agreement – only perhaps to change ‘Gen’ to ‘Dem’ – but the outcome is the same whichever methodology.

        • GEOFF REYNOLDS

          “DISABLED CASH COWS PAYING FOR TONY AND GEORGES PRIVATE WAR”

          OBAMA HAS HINTED AT RENEWED AIR STRIKES AGAINST MILITANT FACTIONS IN IRAQ, MEANING THAT CAMERON, BEING THE LOYAL LAPDOG THAT HE IS, MUST FOLLOW SUIT…………..

          IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS HE WILL BE ON THE BLOWER OFFERING UNCONDITIONAL AIR SUPPORT, SHOULD OUR PARLIAMENT PERMIT IT.

          IF THEY HAVE ANY SENSE THEY WILL REJECT IT OUT OF HAND.

          BUT GIVEN THAT OUR GOVERNMENT ARE STILL LOATHE TO SUSPEND WEAPONS EXPORT LICENSES TO THE ISRAELIS, EVEN AFTER WORLD CONDEMNATION, WHO WILL FOOT THE BILL?

          THE ANSWER IS SO OBVIOUS, IT HITS YOU BETWEEN THE EYES………………

          “LETS CARRY ON ROBBING THOSE WHO ARE LEAST LIKELY TO FIGHT BACK”

          THAT’S RIGHT, THE DISABLED AND POOR………………………

          THE ONLY TRUE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ARE OUR UK GOVERNMENT AS THEY TRY TO HIDE THE EVER GROWING MORTALITY STATISTICS AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE……

          FOR EVERY BULLET FIRED THERE IS A PRICE, SOMEONE HAS TO PAY, UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL IS BEING PAID, NOT BY THE BANKERS WHO CAPITALISE ON WAR, JUST THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY INFIRM.

          PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT OR PIP, ALLOWS THE AUTHORITIES TO LOAD THE WEAPONS WITH THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE STOLEN AND INTEND TO ROB BLINDLY.

          WHEN MCVEY ADDRESSED PARLIAMENT AND SAID THAT SOME 600,000 WOULD LOSE OUT ON PIP TESTS, IT WAS AN ADMISSION THAT THEY ALREADY KNEW 600,000 WOULD BE STRIPPED OF THEIR BENEFITS……………..

          “THIS WAS NOT AN EXAMINATION IT WAS A FOREGONE CONCLUSION, THEFT ON AN EPIC SCALE”

          STRANGELY, THE VERY PEOPLE WHO THEY SEND TO FIGHT, OUR MILITARY, ARE HAVING TO WAIT UNPRECEDENTED LENGTH’S OF TIME TO GET COMPENSATION DUE THE INJURIES THEY HAVE SUSTAINED……………..

          THE MOD HAS QUOTED THAT THE “CLAIMS CULTURE” IS THE BEHIND THE RISE IN COMPENSATION……………

          MIND YOU, ATOS ARE STILL PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN DISABILITY DENIAL TO OUR LIMBLESS, WAR TORN PERSONNEL.

          FANCY HAVING TO FIGHT FOR KING AND COUNTRY AND END UP FIGHTING ATOS FOR BENEFITS THAT SHOULD BE PAYABLE…………………

          “I SUSPECT THAT ATOS WOULD BE WORSE THAN THE TALIBAN”

          WHO IS WORSE, SHARIA LAW OR THE LAW ACCORDING TO THE DWP AND IT’S SIDEKICK, THE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS SYSTEM?

          CLEGG IS NO PROCLAIMING NEW FUNDING FOR THE PEOPLE WITH MENTAL PROBLEMS, SHOULD HE BE ELECTED……………..

          THE PRE ELECTION HYPE IS STARTING TO GATHER MOMENTUM…………

          PROPAGANDA IS CHEAP, ASK THOSE DISABLED WHO HAVE BEEN STRIPPED OF THEIR ABILITY TO LIVE A NORMAL A LIFE AS POSSIBLE………….

          “WARS ALWAYS MAKE PROFIT, BUT THE WAR AGAINST THE DISABLED PRODUCES ONLY VICTIMS, HIDDEN FROM VIEW ON DUNCAN SMITHS DIARY OF DEATH, WELFARE REFORMS”

    • rosemarie
      food would not have helped him, he would have stopped eating @ a certain stage in any case, even if he had food coz he would have felt even worse when he did..he had likely been a t1d for a while…he would have known that sanctions could be life threatening and that no one was interested, so he would have been under considerable stress to get it right, living on a knife edge….food intake and insulin has to be balanced constantly, how can the be done in his current circumstances almost impossible, in fact i’d say impossible over a diabetics life’s span in these circumstances…his bg would likely have been all over the place…which affects all faculties…he may have passed out many times because his cells would be hypo and his blood acidic, caused by food from other parts of his body trying to rectify the cell starvation..ie fats tissue bone liver, basically devouring yourself, but without insulin to trigger cell insulin receptors to allow or/and signal need for food and that food is now available, one is done for …ketoacidosis is highly dangerous, damaging to one’s body, and can be fatal…he would have been even when awake, likely have been lethargic to very likely a high degree, living on his own he stood no chance, it is a gruesome way to die…they simply should not sanction diabetics or the mentally ill @ the very very least…and for all other reasons no one should be sanctioned, because it does lead to ill health…but then as well so does the relentless pressure put on all claimants to get meager subsistence income…

    • “Perhaps the unions could pay for the leaflets?”

      The vary same unions whose members are enforcing the sanctions, maybe? Spineless gutfucks that they are.

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “THE PCS IS NOT A UNION, IT IS A WAYWARD EXTERMINATION ARM OF THE DWP…………

        …………..COLD BLOODED KILLERS THAT WORK TO TARGETS.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “ROTTEN TO THE CORE”

      The judge concluded this week that the overall process had been lawful, even though only five individuals out of the 1,142 organisations and individuals who took part in the second consultation agreed with the government that the walking distance criteria should be set at 20 metres.

      “SO THAT MEANS, JUSTICE HICKINBOTTOM,DWP’s new NODDING DOG, IGNORED THE VIEWS OF ONE THOUSAND,ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVEN AND CONCLUDED THAT THE VIEWS OF FIVE, WERE ACCEPTABLE…………………………..

      THIS GUY SHOULD HANG UP HIS ROBES AND WIG, HE IS NOTHING SHORT OF A STATE ENLISTED CONTRACT KILLER, PUTTING THE LIVES OF THE DISABLED SECONDARY TO THE WISHES OF THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND THE TREASURY COFFERS.

      HE IS NOT FIT TO BE A JUDGE………..

      THE WHOLE SPECTRUM OF THE UK JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS BLOATED WITH CORRUPT DECISIONS FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM.

    • Hi Rosemary – your idea of handing out benefit advice leaflets to claimants outside Jobcentres is a great one, just try and ensue that when you do it that you don’t do it outside of the Jobcentre you sign-on at. I’m not sure about getting the unions involved is such a brilliant idea, as they seem to have been pretty silent on the whole issue on the whole, and to be honest it seems to me that none of them really gives a monkeys about unemployed people. It’s true that there is the Unite Community, but even if you join that, you’re unlikely to get any support, an will only hear from them when you leave and cancel your Direct Debit!

      There are a couple of unions that do encourage and support unemployed people, and they are the IWW, of which I am a member, and the IWA, which in the UK is represented by the good people of SolFed. Both organisations are active in supporting unemployed people and encourage unemployed people to join. The IWW membership for unemployed people is £1 a month, and for the IWA it’s around £3 a month I think. Many IWW branches up and down the land are active in anti workfare campaigns, as is the branch I am a member of (in fact we are mostly focussed on issues surrounding unemployment). Also, as a result of this, our local IWW branch is involved in setting up a Claimant’s Solidarity Campaign so that there is a source of support available for people facing sanctions, or just wanting reliable advice when faced with the increasing amount of misinformation that comes from the mouths of DWP employees – yes, those people in the PCS union who were recently on strike and wanting our sympathy…

      It’s quite a bit of work setting up branch of a union like the IWW, but there is plenty of support available, and no bureaucrats: the union is run entirely by ordinary members.

      You can find out more on at this awful website :) (new website should be going live ‘soon’ )

      https://www.iww.org.uk/

      Both the IWW and the IWA/SolFed go much further than mainstream trade unions in that our vision encompasses more than just the workplace, but extends into wider society. Though there are differences between the IWW and IWA (the IWA is more overtly syndicalist) both organisations believe that the whole of society should be run for the benefit of those who sustain it – the workers! The IWA is overtly anarcho-syndicalist, but the IWW is apolitical, indeed you are required to leave your politics/religion at the door.

      Relying on some ‘saviour’, whether that be a god in the sky or some political leader who goes into government is doomed to failure. Only by placing your belief in yourself and others like you and developing the confidence to speak out and say that you stand for change has any chance of creating a better world. Does anyone honestly believe that ‘things can only get better’ under a Labour government? We fell for that once, just as once upon a time we fell for the ‘Labour isn’t Working’ lie.

      It’s time for DIY.

    • “YOU MIGHT ASK WHAT TRIBUNAL JUDGE J D WALL AND DR. MANNERS HAVE TO DO WITH MALNUTRITION”

      Evidently, malnutrition has risen at the highest rate for over a century, increasing by some 9% recently. The government have stated that it should not be happening and that billions of pounds are available to combat it.

      What you, the public, are being told is far, far, from reality………………..

      It is no coincidence that the ailments that once abounded in Victorian Britain are now on the increase…………..

      “When at a tribunal recently, i was adjudged by the aforesaid people, when allowed to speak, i told them my family and i were having to eat out of date food and cup a soup to survive, having been given only £32.32 per week since last july”.

      Having been deemed disabled for life and left with no support is something nobody should ever face.

      What the politicians leak to their friends at the BBC is complete bullshit, the judiciary is the mainstay of the DWP Sanctions process.

      the government are now under scrutiny from the Human Rights Organisation, the UK judiciary should also be under scrutiny for their betrayal of the disabled and poor.

      All the magistrates and judges and dwp doctors are making a tidy sum from the supermarket justice they inflict each day………………

      “OUR MISERY IS THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME”

  4. Quote:
    Stevenage council leader Sharon Taylor slammed Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith over David’s ­treatment.

    She stormed: “He should hang his head in shame. David served his country. Treating him like this is disgusting.

    “This tragic death is a direct result of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms.”

    We ALL serve our fucking community, our country. ALL of us, Ex or serving soldiers or not, we all contribute to society, Even Funghi mentioned above.
    No fucker deserves to die like this

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  6. It is Totally Sickening and Evil

    It shows a State of Evil which Need’s to be Swept Away and Replaced
    by a Caring Society and Caring State

    Con Dems Out of Office

    Tax the Rich Hands Off the Poor

  7. Well said. Thanks.

    • Seconded

      • ulysses et al
        absolutely…an amazing post, a fusion of heart and head fired into his keyboard…

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “WE ARE ALL AWARE THAT THE EBOLA VIRUS HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF OVER 700 PEOPLE IN WEST AFRICA, BUT HOW MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS IN THE UK?”

        WITHHOLDING THIS INFORMATION FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD IS NO MEAN FEAT.

        THE CONSPIRACY TO HIDE THE SHOCKING REVELATIONS OF THE WAR AGAINST THE POOR AND DISABLED WILL MAKE THE EBOLA DEATH COUNT FIZZLE INTO OBSCURITY WHEN THE ACTUAL FIGURES FALL INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

        MEANWHILE, THE JUDICIARY WILL BE TRYING TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THE HORRORS THAT THEY HELPED PERPETRATE…………………

        “we are all in this together, you certainly are”

        Leave a Reply

  8. The British political class are other than capitalist, capitalism requires reciprocation. The British political class are not even capable of the act of capitalist reciprocation they have no code of conduct other than to enslave and rob the people, that ‘We’re All In This Together’ political thing of theirs is of evil.

    Lest we forget …

  9. Landless Peasant

    I don’t know if one can suffer from a “mild” Personality Disorder. I am diagnosed as having a P.D. and the effects have been pretty devastating throughout my entire life. I know for a fact that I’m not capable of working, yet I sign-on each fortnight as if I am.

  10. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Johnny Void here describes once again the devastation inflicted on the lives of those, who have been abused as children, as exemplified by Funghi in Benefits Street. Remarking on the Mirror’s coverage of the death of former soldier David Clapson, another victim of RTU’s welfare to work policies, he urges everyone to sign the petition against further sanctions on 38 Degrees at the link below. While it’s excellent that such a petition exists, I don’t think it will make a blind bit of difference to psychopaths and mass killers now in government. But it could be useful if changing the attitudes of a few more members of the general public and firms that might otherwise think of supporting Osbo’s and RTU’s wretched campaigns. So, sign it before Osbo tries to have it banned as ‘unacceptable intolerance’. As for IDS, one commenter to my blog stated that when he was in the army, … Smith’s fellow officers and men called him ‘T*sser’. Mr Clapson was a former and soldier. His death shows you why they did.

  11. IDS’s constituency should be mass leafleted every week so the people there know what this vile man has done. A sole leaflet with a simple message, legal, truthful, rich in hard facts. He must be challenged in his seat. If he loses he won’t get another

  12. I would also like to thank the kind people on here for the Housing Benefit advice. Like many of us I devise a strategy every fortnight for basic survival. Food, electric, gas I can scape by for 4-6 weeks but the rent is fundamental.. Thank you.

  13. jonathansharpe

    I wonder how his jobcentre advisor feels about what happened ?

    • i think there be too busy trying to hit there sanction targets for the week to care about this poor soul

    • Sad to say that some are chomping at the bit to sanction even when they have personal knowledge of a claimant’s dire and vulnerable circumstances.

      • jonathansharpe

        But they were just ticking the boxes – they were told to tick .
        –Perhaps they keep Horlicks in business, but I personally think they have black hearts / souls and enjoy it too much .

    • Chances are they were given a ‘lackey of the week’ gold star and flagged up for promotion.

  14. No decent minded human being would support these Tory scumbags. Great article Johnny Void!

  15. Reblogged this on In the Garden of the Cyclothymes and commented:
    Shedding a glaring spotlight on a vital and immediate issue. Read this.

  16. The Work Programme advisor woman I see has openly admitted to me that the Jobcentres are now actively seeking to sanction claimants for any reason possible, this being contrary to the official lies from the DWP. Claimants already knew this to be the case, of course.

    • under stress due to the department of deciet and sanctions. AKA DWP

      I asked for proof that they ”were used as a last resort”. guess what fuck all…my mate left Working there as he was having to sanction people he knew in his hometown! It’s fucking toxic And now it’s getting outta hand!

  17. I have to say I had to read this twice and the comments, but first I am disgusted at a system that allows an x servicemen to be treated in this way but second and more importantly disgusted at a society that allows this to happen EVER TO ANYONE !!

  18. When DWP/JCP staff sanction they know that for the majority JSA is the only source of subsistence income, they know exactly what they are doing that makes them culpable ‘No ifs or buts’.

    • jonathansharpe

      culpable -very true – they know this -it doesn’t seem to worry them at all , very stupid people – it will come back on them, its always the same, just following orders -just because its okay now, in the future they may be hang from lamp posts – justice for having no morals and giving all their critical thinking to the government – weak people .

    • Another Fine Mess

      Keep reminding them that they and their children are next, I do.

  19. As a victim of childhood abuse and a sufferer of depression, social and generalized anxiety disorders as well as a personality disorder (though I’ve managed to avoid the (non-prescription) drugs and alcohol trap thankfully) I’d like to thank you for a well written article.

    I was recently moved onto JSA after more than 7 years on ESA following a major meltdown at my former place of work and I’m finding myself under ever increasing pressure to find employment with the never ending threat of sanctions. A couple of weeks ago I had my first interview in many years but I had a significant panic response when it became apparent that it was in fact a group interview. I explained the situation to my advisor and somehow managed to avoid a sanction but the whole situation has left me afraid to apply for any work, the already daunting task of finding employment and actually attending said job everyday has become a point of absolute dread. And though I am asking for and clearly needing help and support none can be provided despite the best (I’m told) efforts of my advisor.

    I’m left with little family and only leave my flat to sign on and visit my GP to get more medication yet I’m told I’m fit for work (I even failed my appeal after suffering a panic attack on the day and providing no small amount of documentation from my GP) despite the fact I clearly am not. Furthermore I’m in a position where I’m unable to get mental health support from the NHS or even charities because of reasons I’d rather not go into in a public space. So I’m stuck with nowhere to turn to and under ever increasing pressure and I’m resigned to the fact it’s only going to get worse until I die, with sanctions that are going to be seemingly unavoidable for me. I have given up what little hope I had of ever being free of the system I rely on, a system I used to have faith in but under the Tories has become something I despise, not only because of my own experiences but because of people like David Clapson and others who have been nothing short of murdered by IDS and his ilk.

    When I was on ESA I may not have been happy but at least I was coping, and I had the time I needed to slowly work through all the negativity and darkness inside me by myself. I was sure that given time I would be working again and maybe someday even by happy, but now I’ve just given up thanks almost entirely to IDS and his welfare reforms.

    Sorry for venting, I feel it’s been brewing for awhile.

    • drowning
      let your instincts be your guide, venting helps does it not? have you read the works of dr alice miller and dr bob johnson…..all of your help is within you…it is trying to express…if what others tell you feels comfortable/sits well, releasing, it is true, if it feels in any way uncomfortable, hollow, m/t, inside gut don’t buy it…

    • under stress due to the department of deciet and sanctions. AKA DWP

      I don’t want your self to be Another one of the balled Evil bastards death’s there is help out there! ”saying that I;m not sure where?) but Don’t please succumbed to the fucking Evil little scurrying rat! i fucking test the cunt after what it did to my dear friend and lifelong neighbor! .

  20. I think that ‘Help to Work’ will be worse than most people fear.
    Firstly, it will be hard for the people who have limitations (such as those with mental health problems).
    Secondly, people may be able to meet the requirements for a few months, but keeping them up for more than 6 months will be really difficult.
    Thirdly, I get the impression that if you don’t get a job then they will increase the requirements. They may think that they are helping you by ‘motivating’ you by making being unemployed so terrible (as if it wasn’t already). I believe that the real aim is (if you can’t get a job) to get you ‘off benefit’ by people signing themselves off, by being sanctioned, or by pushing people to commit suicide. Somehow, I think option ‘c’ is their preferred option.

  21. An excellent outline of the reality of the UK……so when is something going to be done. I experienced horrendous alienation just 18 months ago, and treated worse than a dog!! I am fortunate, despite everything went back to college passed all my exams, pretty much top of the class. Now I am setting up my own business, because I will never find a job to cover childcare/rent etc etc, this is my only way out of the system, without the fear of being sanctioned and losing everything again!! The control the JSA have is frightening, I see regularly, many coming to the unemployment centre i volunteer at. I have “helped” wherever I can, ensuring these people have food and essentials……it is heartbreaking to see the number of ppl having their benefits stopped then losing their home…..this should not be happenng, there IS housing, jobs…the trouble is many are incapable of working, others do abuse it (minority to survive to pay for food and bills), they are not getting the support, then unscrupulous utility companies and landlords charge extortionate rates which are way above what the average person can earn, there is childcare….here a childminder charges 10.00 an hour or more……this is abuse of the system, because the welfare system picks up the bill!!

  22. Iain Duncan Smith is a right vile bastard.

  23. under stress due to the department of deciet and sanctions. AKA DWP

    that vile bastard IDS caused the death of my very poorly neighbor, due to that bedroom tax bullshit!, i want to see IT! held account for it!

  24. under stress due to the department of deciet and sanctions. AKA DWP

    Thanks obm” that tragic figure must be Even more now! what the flying fuck is going on!

  25. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “A QUESTION FOR JUSTICE HICKINBOTTOM, EX CHIEF SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER”

    “WHEN DID A SANCTION BECOME PREMEDITATED MURDER?”

    ANSWER/

    ……………..upon your last decision it would seem…….

    THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF A HIGH COURT JUDGE…………….

    TO HOLD THE POWER TO DECIDE WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES……….

    “GOD IN A POWDERED WIG”

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “I WONDER IF THE JOBCENTRE STAFF RECEIVED THEIR PRIZES FOR ADDING TO DUNCAN SMITH’S HIDDEN MORTALITY FIGURES?”

      Dear Operations FOI Requests,
      I thought i would remind you since you say you have history of
      this,

      “Mr Lloyd said Jobcentre workers had threatened to tear up £25
      Marks and Spencer vouchers received for getting claimants off
      benefits as part of a DWP ‘carrot and stick’ approach.

      He said: “The carrot is a small one and a number of PCS members
      from Smethwick were considering tearing up their vouchers in front
      of IDS to show their feelings over the matter.”

      Yours sincerely,

      GEOFFREY REYNOLDS

      Link to this https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m_s_vouchers#outgoing-278614

  26. In the above polemic, not a word is out of place, nor minced: pitch-perfect. If this message could somehow appear, in letters ten feet high (comic sans) – beamed onto prominent landmarks, writ large …

    On to the ‘Houses’ of ‘Parliament’; Battersea power station; across suspension bridges; the Albert docks, on the sides of art galleries & town halls (or on the sides of terraces, banksy-style). Beamed onto IDS’s bald/blind spot (Times New Roman); in neon & for as long as it might take for a mass notice-taking to begin.

    Issues such as FGM (an issue that’s emotive, involves young girls being mutilated and is clearly criminal) have recently begun to finally gain ground – while the fact of people being selected, at random, to be condemned to hunger/driven to take their own lives or give up on their lives in less obvious ways – as a direct result of governmental policies – which is Democide – remains little-known.

  27. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “JUDGE D.WALL, AT SCARBOROUGH MAGISTRATES TRIBUNAL DEEMED THAT £32.32 WAS SUFFICIENT TO LIVE ON EACH WEEK AFTER I INFORMED HIM THAT I WAS EATING CUP A SOUP AND OUT OF DATE FOODS………………………………………..
    PARTNER AND KIDS AS WELL……….
    FORMERLY DISABLED FOR LIFE, UNTIL ATOS……

    SAY NO MORE……………………….

  28. Another Fine Mess

    Camoron reckons he is going to stop British jobs being advertised across the EU. Doesn’t he know that 75% of the ‘jobs’ and many of the ‘agencies’ are fake anyway.
    Clueless.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10996721/David-Cameron-announces-immigration-crackdown.html

  29. Iain Duncan Smith MP

    Ho, ho, ho :)

    We are working for you.

    The Right Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions

  30. PCS Are SCUM!!

    PCS are SCUM!!

    • Serwotka – cunt [derived from the Old German for Swastika. The Serwotka’s were a far-right wing offshoot of murdering Nazi bastards with who took particular pleasure in murdering the poor, sick and disabled and unemployed. An administrative division who never got their hands dirty was tasked with decided exactly who would die and when. These were divided into two ‘hit squads’ – ATOS and the Decisions Makers who both operated under command of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (JobcentrePlus in itself an executive agency of the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) which was headed by Commandant Iain Duncan Schmidt with second-in-command Fritz Todt of the infamous Organisation Todt which was responsible for the “delivery” of the DWP slave programmes MWA (Mandatory Work Activity) and CWP (Community Work Programme) which forced their victims work horrendous and dangerous jobs for no pay.

      Of course, they didn’t necessarily murder their victims by direct means, instead they simply deprived them of the necessary basic resources to survive ( a technique adopted by Stalin. c.f. <The siege of the Ukraine . It has been suggested that the <Serwotkas believed this long, lingering and painful death coupled with the attendant stress and anxiety was much crueller than a a swift blow from the fallbeil (guillotine). Stalin and Hitler were responsible for many millions of deaths but we will never know the true extent of the Serwotkas killing spree since no historical records were kept.

      • Another Historian

        It should be remembered that whilst the Serwotkas were sending it’s victims to their deaths they themselves were represented by the PCS (another executive agency of the DWP) which papers recently obtained after a lengthy courts and tribunal process reveal that the ‘union’ representatives, officials and leaders secretly and “actively” collaborated with Commandant Iain Duncan Smith to “execute efficient and effective delivery of the Department’s slave labour and direct extermination programme.”

        The PCS union was known to call a strike at the drop of a hat when its own members pay, conditions and gold-plated pensions were threatened. In one example the union called a 24 hour strike when the DWP suggested as part of an “efficiency drive” and to increase the number of sanctions being issued reducing its member’s 30 minute ‘tea-break’ per hour down to 25 minutes. This was nothing compared to the 48 hour strike called when as part of a “cost-cutting” exercise the DWP suggested replacing it’s members hard-working taxpayer funded chocolate digestive biscuits with custard creams. This has to been juxtaposed against a backdrop of severe hardship, destitution that it’s members were and inflicting on the weakest and most vulnerable members of society, and the many deaths that its members’ actions were responsible for. On the elevation of its commandant-in-chief (Mark Serwotka) to the House of Lords the PCS was renamed the SCUM because it was felt that this more accurately reflected the composition of its membership.

      • jonathansharpe

        But they are not far right they prescribe to Communitarianism (Google it )
        Communitarianism is now the most active philosophical opposition to libertarianism. 

  31. A friend of mine who works for Samaritans and was formerly a Welfare Rights Officer responded to this article today, but cannot publish it in their own name because of Samaritans being non-political, so I agreed to post it for them. I hope you find it interesting.

    Sadly, I think there will be a lot more suicides to come from 2015-18. I say this because people who are currently getting DLA will be migrated over to PIP, and most people will find that they do not qualify. There were loads of suicides when DWP migrated people over from Incapacity Benefit to Employment Support Allowance, whilst that was bad, I suspect what will come will be much worse. Let me show you some sums to show you how scary it is:

    If someone has their DLA cut, the axe does NOT stop there. Many income related benefits are subject to DLA/PIP entitlement. Using ESA as an example, when getting DLA a single person without savings has their Income Related ESA it is calculated as follows:

    (Personal Allowance £72.40, Support Group Premium £35.75, [or Work Related Activity Premium £28.75], Enhanced Disability Premium £15.55, Severe Disability Premium £61.10) TOTAL ESA PER WEEK £184.80

    If they get high rate DLA it is worked out like this: (DLA High Rate Mobility £81.30 DLA High Rate Care £56.75). TOTAL DLA PER £138.05

    TOTAL WEEKLY BENEFITS £322.85 (excluding Housing Allowances and Council Tax Allowances)

    As soon as the DLA is removed it means that their ESA will be cut, they will no longer be entitled to the Enhanced Disability Premium or the Severe Disability Premium. This means that they will have their weekly benefit go from £322.85 to £108.15 which is a weekly cut of £214.70. Or in other words their annual benefit income will be cut from £16,788 to £5,623 a total yearly cut of £11,165

    I have not included any Council Tax or Housing Allowances in the sums above because the actual calculations vary area to area. However, if one has been getting extra monies in Housing Allowances due to needing an overnight carer, they would no longer be entitled to this as their DLA was cut so that means an even bigger cut as now they’d be subject to Bedroom Tax.

    In terms of my own circumstances, I am already at breaking point financially, so if something like this were to happen to me, I would surely go bankrupt it is hard to pay bills as it is. At present, I do get High Rate Mobility, I am unable to walk very far so I am totally reliant on either using a car or a taxi – if I were to lose my mobility payments it would mean I would become totally housebound – even in my wheelchair I cannot get to my corner shop as it would involve climbing a flight of stairs, nor would I be able to get to my local bus stop as it would involve using my wheelchair on the subway under the A58 and the gradients are very steep so I would not be able to push myself in my chair.

    AND WORST OF ALL…. My local polling station is next door to my corner shop, so I would NOT be able to get there either – this means I cannot re-elect Ian Duncan Smith!!

  32. IDS is a vile fucking bastard i absolutely detest the smug toff cunt!!!

  33. Department for Work and Pensions,
    can you supply me a list of all the company’s involved in
    exploiting the most vulnerable and needy in our society
    by forcing them to work for well below the national minimum wage!!
    IE there giro!! as so i can avoid shopping or spending money in
    there exploitative shops!! ///////////
    Dear Sir

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which we received on 1 July 2014. You
    asked:

    “Can you supply me a list of all the company’s involved in exploiting the most vulnerable and
    needy in our society by forcing them to work for well below the national minimum wage!! i.e.
    there giro!!”

    The information you seek about companies involved in mandatory work activity is exempt from
    disclosure under sections 29(1)(a), 29(1)b, 36(2)(c) and 43(2) of the Freedom of Information
    Act 2000 (“the Act”).

    A balancing exercise was conducted in order to consider whether the public interest factors in
    favour of withholding the information outweighed those in favour of release. In this case we
    concluded that the public interest weighed in favour of withholding the requested information.
    We believe that the public balance weighs in favour of withholding the information because of
    the established risk and real harm.

    Section 36(2)(c) of the Act protects information which, in the reasonable opinion of a Minister
    of the Crown, would be likely to damage the effective conduct of public affairs if disclosed.

    The Minister of State for Employment is satisfied that the exemption applies in this case. This
    is because disclosing the details of placement hosts could lead to campaign groups creating a
    list of organisations that host Mandatory Work Activity. This then runs the risk of campaign
    groups targeting placement organisations to cause them to withdraw from the scheme. These
    actions aim to create a climate of fear and cause disruption, which also discourages other
    organisations from joining the scheme with the intention of disrupting the delivery of
    government employment programmes. This risk, if realised, would be prejudicial to a policy
    which is designed to help move jobseekers into sustainable work. Thwarting the delivery of
    the policy in this way would be likely to undermine the benefits to the wider economy of moving
    jobseekers off benefit into employment. Such disruption is also detrimental to the job
    prospects of individual jobseekers who will not benefit from the disciplines and support that
    mandatory work activity offers.

    Section 29(1)(a) is engaged if disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the economic
    interests of the United Kingdom or of any part of the United Kingdom.

    Section 29(1)(b) is engaged if disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the financial
    interests of any administration in the United Kingdom, as defined by section 28(2).

    Section 43(2) of the Act is engaged if disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the
    commercial interests of any person, including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

    DWP considers that disclosure of the information you have requested would, or would be likely
    to result in such prejudice in a number of different ways, but including in particular the
    following:

    1. If this information was used to create a list of placement hosts and those hosts
    subsequently withdrew from the scheme, then mandatory work activity providers and
    subcontractors could lose some or all the money they had invested in sourcing those
    hosts and could mean that they would have to invest still more in finding replacements.

    2. If placement hosts withdrew, DWP would have to spend more on benefits to claimants
    and have less to spend on ‘commercial’ activities, e.g. contracts with contractors to
    assist jobseekers back to work.

    3. Having to pay more in benefits to jobseekers and pay more to support them into work
    (including paying more to contractors for assisting claimants into work), would in our
    view, lessen the extent to which the government is able to exercise proper control over
    the economy in order to maintain sound public finances and would slow the progress of
    fiscal consolidation which risks damaging the wider economy.

    4. In the face of a hostile campaign, placement hosts who do not currently seek payments
    from providers may begin to seek payments from providers and sub-contractors to offer
    placements or those that already seek payments may seek payments of a higher value.
    These increased costs to contractors would be likely to lead to DWP having to pay
    higher costs for contracting the same service.

    Where sections 29, 36 and 43 of the Act are engaged, the exemptions in those sections have
    effect where, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the
    exemptions outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information (see section 2(2) of the
    Act).

    In looking at whether it is in the public interest to withhold the information encompassed by
    your requests, DWP has considered a number of factors including in particular the following:

    1. If this information is disclosed, and placement hosts withdraw then claimants will have
    fewer opportunities to access the support that will get them closer to the labour market.
    It is clearly in the public interest to reduce unemployment.

    2. If this information is disclosed, it is clear that a number of people would seek to
    undermine the goodwill of organisations who offer opportunities to unemployed people
    by attempting to damage the reputation and standing of those organisations.

    On balance, DWP is satisfied that the public interest in maintaining the exemptions referred to
    above outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

    • The government does not deny knowledge of involuntary servitude but will not disclose the locations of said forced labour in the national interests.

      Maybe not a concentration of forced labour camps but an archipelago of involuntary servitude.

  34. I was und4er the impression a judge as recently told the dwp to release the list of company’s involved ??? confused.

  35. how come they have refused the foi request ?

  36. Minister (IDS) – government department (DWP) – agencies (JCP) – subcontractors and node subcontractors (a4e) – workfare end user.

    Arm’s length culpability.

  37. Hanging Judge Iain Duncan Smith MP

    Mr Clapson you have been convicted of being disabled. For such a grave crime there is only one sentence which the Law allows me to pass. You will be taken from this Jobcentre to a place of starvation where you will be sanctioned until you are dead. May the Lord have Mercy on your Soul.

  38. "Decision Makers" Must DIE!!

    The fucking “decision maker” responsible for Mr Clapson’s death should be dragged out of their cosy office and SHOT!!

    • jonathansharpe

      That`s too quick – throw away the key and don`t open the door (how do you feed them ? – you don`t !)

    • Landless Peasant

      The entire Government should be shot

    • They should be held accountable by law for that decision, Essentially they decided without proper consultation into the man’s circumstances to remove his benefits. In his case it has ended tragically.

      No getting away from it and no hiding. That DM has to be held responsible for this man’s death. Obviously David Cameron and IDS are also to blame. Cameron because he could have removed this sadist from his post years ago and IDS for dreaming up these sadistic forms of torture and implementing them.

      • IDS for dreaming up these sadistic forms of torture and implementing them.

        IDS is a dimwit he did not dream up these reforms have been swirling amongst the orange tyranny for decades.

        • So what? Where does that get us? He’s in charge of the department he’s responsible for his departments policy’s. Which means he dreamt them up.

    • Decision Makers Are SCUM!!

      Lock them in their fucking offices. Throw away the key. Leave them to die!

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      If i was his immediate family, i would engage a solicitor, who in turn could instigate proceedings against the person who made the decision to withhold his payments…………………………
      There is a good case for bringing a case against the DWP on grounds of CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER or CULPABLE HOMICIDE.

  39. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating and commented:
    How many more vulnerable people must die because of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms?
    Another sad and unnecessary loss because of Tory ideology.
    Please remember David Clapson when you come to vote in May 2015 and help stop these horrific events from happening again.

    • Send the idiotic bald Nazi to the gallows pole for causing more misery and deaths amongst the people of this now fucked up land.

  40. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    Just had an AGE-UK begging envelope drop through my letterbox so i put it into the suitable in tray………….

    The one that is made from high density plastic that i put other household waste in.

    • I would have found a better way of disposing that letter – hand it in to the local JCP and set fire to it as it sits on their desks.

    • Another Fine Mess

      You’re supposed to recycle. So.. Fill it with other junk mail, and then pop it in a postbox.

  41. Seetec Wisbech are fucking, lying Nazi wankers. Today they claimed to have offered me and other people doing a CV building course so-called job offers and that according to one of those Sicktec moles I was heard by them saying I wasn’t interested in either job and uttered the word ‘no’.

    The truth of the matter is I had not even opened my mouth or spoke when one of the SICKTEC Nazi’s came into the training room where I was this morning and who had tried to fuck me over with crappy job offers.

    I think from now on I will only keep my trap shut during my time in that poky little office. I grew up being told honesty was the best policy – something that those CWP hitlers know fuck all about just to hang on to theie cushy little desk jobs being smug cunts whilst I have to go through fucking hoops for rent money.

    Don’t think I will ever be going on a placement now through them now for quite some time. thank fuck for that. Being forced to work is pure slavery and abuse of people’s good nature. It doesn’t help me get into a work attitude like those DWP Nazis brainwash me with. It does the opposite.

    • PCS Union are scum

      The pcs Union have this mans blood on their hands too. Bastards

      • Another day of sanctioning just completed. Union members mission is to cheat con and browbeat clients into losing their benefits The PCS union proud enablers of Tory austerity and sanctions since 2010.

        The PCS Union are indeed scum. They’ll organise strikes when it’s their own pockets they’re thinking of. But don’t think twice when it comes to sanctioning the sick/disabled and poor like David Clapson who was found dead the other day.

  42. Amazing isn’t it some one who served this country for king and queen is left to starve to die a sad grotesque death like that…shamefull and a disgrace personally I would like to round up all the tories and shoot them…there monsters.

  43. Stop bleating; mass SPAM Channel 4 as they are equally to blame as the Tories. Of course the Voidster won’t acknowledge this being more interested in self promoting.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “Upon being questioned, the ebola virus stated that it will not be coming to the uk in the near future”………………………..

      …………………how can i honestly compete with the likes of the DWP, the PCS and ATOS, when it comes to taking lives?

  44. Hang the Bastard

    Iain Duncan Smith needs to be strung up by his bollocks and have his brains kicked out of his fucking head.

  45. I was taken from my mum at 2 years old and given to foster parents who were insane, they beat me so bad they broke my back, had major surgery at 10 to fix, life RUINED BY SOCIAL FUCKING SERVICES back in care home at 12, kicked out into bedsit at 16, homeless at 17, i suffer with depressiion, isolation, personality disorders, addiction….the lot, i can’t get work…../AND THEY BLAME ME FFS

    I WANT THEM DEAD…..FUCK SOCIETY

    SOCIETY FUCKED UP, AND IT IS TIME TO ADMIT TO IT AND COMPENSATE FOR RUINING MY FUCKING LIFE

  46. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    ……….the clue is in his name,

    “JEREMY HUNT, THE LYING TORY CUNT”

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been warned by the UK’s statistics watchdog over claims he made about accident and emergency waiting times in England.

    Sir Andrew Dilnot said Mr Hunt was wrong to claim in the Commons that median waiting times to be seen in A&E departments had halved since 2010.

    He said the health secretary “may wish to take advice on whether he should correct the parliamentary record”.

    Labour said that Mr Hunt had been “found out making dodgy claims”.

    But a government spokesperson said it had “simply been a slip of the tongue on Mr Hunt’s part and that the numbers used by him and the prime minister were accurate”.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    ………….jumping through hoops to satisfy the greed of the private health insurance industry who oil the palms of government ministers who mostly have vested interests, being shareholders and board members of the large corporations…………

  47. Tragedy in German and World History .

    This was when the Nazi Party won More than 38% of the Vote in the 1932 General Election.

    31st of July 2012

    A Vote for Destruction and Disaster.
    Equally the Vote of the Silly that put the Con Dems in May 10th 2010
    with a unsavoury ” Coalition ” is a Tragedy

    It is Important that the Con Dems do Not get in Again

  48. Read 1932 Not 2012 but still is a Tragedy

  49. I read about this today and signed the petition to our beloved prime minister immediately. I’ve read so many tales about benefit sanctions and I think that you begin to dull to them after a while but this one really hits the heart. I was made redundant last March and am on jobseekers allowance as I’m supposed to be actively seeking employment but as a 59 year old partially disabled ex shop manager – dream on. Jobcentre staff just sit there patronising their ‘customers’ with pointless rhetoric whilst secretly plotting to find some way of stripping them of their only income. Amongst the online job alerts I get are some in Polish from agencies looking to recruit workers in Poland for businesses here in my home town but they never even flich when I complain about that. I can’t imagine where this is all going to end or when but thank God there is a general election soon and I pray that Ian Duncan Smith gets his ass kicked clean out of government.

  50. i posted a message earlier,but it’s worth repeating again.while waiting to see a jobcentre advisor,i overheard he say,if he doesnt jump when i say,i will sanction him.she was laughing as she said this.what kind of people are they

  51. Is there another country on earth that has become as hatefull as this one..it’s just the hate red and vileness directed towards the most vulnerable,poor,disabled people here is just unbelievable the naked cruelty meted out on the poorest people by the richest most powerfull and it’s the only thing that ..trickles down ..haha..the wealth certainly dosent. THe aristocracy ,the upper middle and middle classes have no concept of people’s lives ,people who aren’t born into privilege and wealth like they are ,they have the best of everything and every opportunity going .. People like fungi don’t and never ever will and yes your right Johnny childhood abuse fucks people up for a lifetime and it take very stronge dissaplined and determined people to overcome it most of us who have been exposed to childhood abuse …don’t we lurch from one disaster to another becouse we can’t funtion properly (maybe I’m talking about myself here) we become survivalists ,yes we could survive a nuclear war but we don’t know how to live only survive…and that is not enough and into the mix mental health and addiction problems and it’s a disaster in this toxic society now based on fear no body if you have problems and struggle is going to employ you they aren’t and they sure as he’ll aren’t going to house you becouse people will label you weirdo nutter ect ect ,I wish this society was different I realy do .

  52. Excellent reading

  53. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    From: debbie

    21 June 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    When an award for Benefits is given.
    It states, This is the amount of money the law says you need to
    live on.

    Can you please clarify, what this actually means please??

    What help is available if you CANNOT live on this amount??
    Due to bills/outgoings.

    Surely, this is against the Human Rights Act. Article 25??

    Yours faithfully,

    Debbie Price
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    DWP answer

    The European Convention of Human Rights does not give an automatic right to receive
    benefit. Where a State does provide benefits, there is no right to a particular amount. The
    Government has set the rate of benefits at an amount that it believes to be reasonable, and to
    ensure that no individual suffers destitution. This is compatible with the Convention.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Debbie’s reply and DWP’s response;

    Dear Debbie,

    I am writing in response to your review request received on 25 June. An internal review has
    been carried out by someone of a senior grade to the person who dealt with your original
    request. I am now in a position to respond to you. In your review request you said:

    I’ll draw your attention to The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.
    There most definitely IS an Article 25.
    Which is what I was referring to.

    I suggest you read it.

    SO, what is the point of saying, ‘this is the amount the law says you need to live on’?? When it
    actually does not mean anything at all, basically!

    Government Ministers ought to try living on it!!

    How can you expect someone having to survive on JSA to also have to pay council tax and the
    under occupancy charge then?
    They can’t!!

    People are starving.
    People are committing suicide.
    And, no one cares.
    Least of all this government.
    It’s like bashing your head against a brick wall.
    Asking for help.

    And, all you can do is refer to this, that and the other.

    Like I said, no one cares.

    I have decided that we fully answered your question and I have nothing further to contribute.
    Freedom of Information is only about providing recorded information held and not about
    providing opinions, explanations, generating answers to questions, or creating or obtaining
    information it does not hold.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    “Debbie’s argument is very powerful, inasmuch as the DWP state that the benefit you receive, is the amount that the law says you need to live on………………
    Therefore the DWP, when invoking a sanction against someone, are fully aware that the aforesaid persons life is at risk.

    The DWP have been asked on numerous occasions to pinpoint the law that actually states this and have always come up empty handed supplying an answer, preferring to be vague and make out it is contained in many laws.

    When applying a sanction they are consciously aware that the decision could result in death, therefore the decision maker is culpable and should face prosecution.

    Mistreat an animal and face the consequences, mistreat a human being that leads to death and this is totally acceptable, or is it?

    Litigation starts with a single case……………………

  54. Every One that Votes Tory or Lib Dem in 2015 is Worse than Thick
    just like People I said about what the Tories would do in 2010 but
    who like Idiots Voted Tory in May 2010

  55. The 2nd of April 2014 Mark’s the 80th Anniversary of Nazi Numbskull Adolf Hitler becoming Fuhrer following the Death of President Paul von Hindenburg in 1934 .

    Eine Fuhrer zu Zerstorung von Deutschland und Europa
    A Leader to Destruction of Germany and Europe
    A Nasty Tyrant

    We should Not Forget the Tyranny and Cruelty of the Nazi
    Regime and it;s Victimisation of Disabled People as Well as
    Euthanasia to Murder Disabled People

    Tyrants get Away with Tyranny when the Masses Bury their Head
    in the Sand and go into a Tiny Little World Syndrome

  56. Safeguarding issue now

    I have signed the petition for an inquest into this poor man’s death because . These sanctions are becoming a safe guarding issue now (well they always have been haven’t they). It’s getting very very serious now people are dying and starving.
    It’s a terrifying state of affairs when we have a government who care more about the rights of perverts murders and rapists than they do people on benefits. EVEN THEY EAT FFS!!!!!!!. Sorry for shouting just feel so angry.
    I just hope the advisor or rather dictator who put this poor poor gentleman forward for a sanction can sleep at night. I also hope karma pays her/him a visit disguised as unemployment.

  57. Julie Webster of the Maryhill Foodbank quoted in the Evening Times on 28 June 2014:-

    “I have worked in social work for 20 years, so I am pretty hardened but we had a family come in on a Tuesday at 3pm having not eaten since the previous Friday. There had been a problem with benefits and because it was a Bank Holiday weekend the mum had no money for her or her two children. I watched the mum pick and put down can after can, wondering what she was doing, before I realised she was looking for one with a ring pull. She ripped the top off and started eating the beans with her hands, she was so hungry. At that point I had to go to the toilets and have a cry.”

    In Glasgow 2000 people are sanctioned EVERY week!

    RIP David Clapson

  58. Why cant Michael Mansfield or some other legal mind challenge this evil, the weak can’t defend themselves and are a easy target. Its scary just what politicians are prepared to do for money, to compromise decency and deny human rights. They are all unelectable and not fit for office having shown they have the morals of dogs. You would think if they were that obsessed by money that they might DO something about closing tax loopholes or instead of dropping corporation tax they would raise it. Maybe also tackle tax avoidance? No that’s too hard it’s much easier to pick on the weak, the bankers taught them that!!

  59. WHO WILL TAKE OVER THE HELM OF THE TOTALLY BIASED, MINISTRY OF DISINFORMATION, ALSO KNOWN AS THE BBC?

    IT’S EASY TO ASSUME THE PERSON CHOSEN WILL BE A FOREGONE CONCLUSION, IT CERTAINLY WILL BE, BUT WHOEVER GETS THERE FIRST WILL HOLD THE POWER OF THE GREATEST PROPAGANDA MACHINE EVER INVENTED.

    THEY GATHER THE HEADLINES FROM FAR AND WIDE AND THEN DISSECT IT AND REASSEMBLE IT TO FOCUS ON WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO HEAR.

    A MODERN DAY SPIN DOCTOR, VERY SIMILAR TO MY ATOS EXAMINATION REPORT………

    IN WHAT RESPECT YOU MAY ASK?

    ATTENDING MY EXAMINATION I WAS COVERED IN CUTS AND BRUISES TO MY FOREHEAD MY ARMS AND HANDS……………

    THE TRAINED,(PLEASE DON’T LAUGH) HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, EMMA BRODRICK, ASKED ME WHY I WAS IN SUCH A STATE AND I TOLD HER I HAD FALLEN FROM A BUS IN YORK AFTER MY WALKING STICK GOT STUCK IN THE STEPS………………

    LO AND BEHOLD, THE NEWS WAS TOTALLY REWRITTEN TO SAY THAT MR REYNOLDS COULD TRAVEL TO YORK ON A BUS UNAIDED…………………

    “written three times on my reports”

    NO MENTION OF THE CUTS AND BRUISES!

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE POLITICIANS DO WITH THE BBC, TWIST THE FACTS TO SUIT THE DIRECTION OF SPIN……………

    “CANNED BULLSHIT”

  60. IF 153,800 ATOS MEDICAL REPORTS HAVE BEEN OVERTURNED ON APPEAL, WHAT DOES THAT REALLY TELL YOU?

    A, THEY ARE NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY ARE WRITTEN ON.

    B. THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL IS NOTHING OF THE SORT.

    C. SAVING MONEY WAS THE GOVERNMENTS MAIN AIM.

    D. POLITICIANS HAVE HABITUALLY LIED TO INTRODUCE THE POLICIES.

    E. PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITY STOOD NO CHANCE OF EVER STAGING AN APPEAL.

    F. MANY OF THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED WERE DISADVANTAGED AT PREPARING AN APPEAL.

    G. THE JUDICIARY FROM THE TRIBUNAL UPWARDS ARE CORRUPT AT EVERY LEVEL, WORKING WITH THE DWP IN DISABILITY DENIAL.

    H. ATOS LIMA COMPUTER SOFTWARE WAS USED TO OVERRIDE THE PROFESSIONAL REPORTS OF ACCREDITED MEDICAL PERSONNEL.

    I. PATIENTS OWN GP’S HAVE BEEN BLACKMAILED INTO SUPPORTING BOGUS MEDICAL REPORTS.

    J. LAWS WERE OVERHAULED TO CHEAT LIFETIME AWARD HOLDERS.

    K. EQUALITY LAWS HAVE BEEN BREACHED CONTINUALLY.

    L. HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS HAVE BEEN BREACHED CONTINUALLY.

    M. DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAWS ARE BEING IGNORED.

    N. UK BENEFITS ARE 40% LOWER THAN THE RECOMMENDED NORMS.

    O. IMPACT ASSESSMENTS ON THE INTRODUCTION OF WELFARE REFORMS WERE NEVER DONE PROPERLY.

    P. DESCRIPTORS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN DISABILITY DENIAL TECHNIQUES.

    Q. THE QUEEN GAVE HER ROYAL ASSENT TO THE UNFOLDING CARNAGE.

    R. RECORDING OF ASSESSMENTS WAS REFUSED, THE DWP LIED ABOUT CLAIMANTS MAKING THEIR OWN RECORDINGS.

    S. THE DWP LIED ABOUT TERMINATING THE ATOS CONTRACT, ONLY TO EXTEND IT TO CAPITALISE ON ITS FLAWED SOFTWARE.

    T. OUR GOVERNMENT MADE A REPORT THAT STATED 20% OF ATOS REPORTS WERE SUBSTANDARD, NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE.

    U. OUR GOVERNMENT HELD TALKS WITH MEMBERS OF THE DISGRACED UNUM PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY WHO WERE FINED AND DISGRACED IN THE USA FOR RUNNING A DISABILITY DENIAL SCAM.

    V. THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE DWP AND ATOS HAS BEEN WITHHELD FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

    W. BILL GUNNYEON CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE DWP AND DAME CAROL BLACK HAD NUMEROUS MEETINGS WITH PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS, PAVING THE WAY FOR WELFARE REFORMS THAT WOULD FAVOUR THE INDUSTRY.

    X. THE NUMBER OF DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGES TO WELFARE REFORM IS BEING WITHHELD, DESPITE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS AND COURTS TO DO SO. MORTALITY STATISTICS KEPT SECRET.

    Y. MONEY STOLEN FROM THE DISABLED AND POOR HAS BEEN SQUANDERED LIKE CONFETTI ON MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS. THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT FIASCO, APPEALS, TRIBUNALS AND LEGAL FEES.

    Z. THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE OLD SYSTEM WHATSOEVER, NOBODY DIED, NOBODY STARVED AND NOBODY WAS HOMELESS, DESTITUTE OR RELIANT ON FOOD BANK HANDOUTS……………………………………………………..

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  64.  i have recently applied for lwa to assist me with some life essential goods, i have been on esa for the past 2-3 years, and been messed around by the jcp on numerous occasions(birkenhaed jcp), where i had an esa claim active for 2 years , and then after i made a phone call because a friend of mine told me why are you still on 71£ a week rate? and u should be on 105£ they ask me to ring different departments only to come back to me and say (we are really sorry but there was an error on our behalf where we didnt chase your medical assessment results and appeal (bare in mind i never had no letters from jcp regarding appeal decision nor appeal hearing date!), then they tell me there was a hearing and i wasnt there to attended and they made a decision and they didnt inform me nor jcp about the hearing decision… then my claim get canceled and they asked me to apply for new claim of esa(bare in mind ma medical condition still the same and if not worsened after all this stress (i suffer from severe anexiety and depression), now that i been put on new claim since february, i had to wait up to nearly 2 months for ma money to come in, in which i have applied for lwa help for some food during that time, and i did so twice.

    as you can tell because i been on benefit for 2-3 years and had no extra help from no one or friends nor relatives(i have none around) i have been gradualy sinking in debts and losing essentials goods to live with (because they break and i cant afford replacement), so today i have went online and searched in depth if there is any sort of help i can apply for and the results as follows:

    i lost 2 years of being on 105£ rate because jcp kept me on esa and on 71£ rate throughout that period because of a mess up within their own system, and they wont compensate me when they should back date the different of what they owe me as i shouldve been on the 105£ rate after 10 weeks from being on esa.

    because they forced me to place a new claim (so i cant back date all that money, nor able to apply for certain goverment help ie: budgeting loan) because i have to wait 26 weeks from new claim to be able to apply for a budgeting loan that will help me and my son(5year old) that i see fri-sun every week a sustainable , livable condition under the roof am supposed to be living healthy underneath. i have no washing machine now, no curtains(ur forced awake by 5am in this weather, and neibhours have full view of me and my son 24/7),no fridge, no microwave, no bedding, draws, cupboard for cloth, i literaly living on one sofa, 2 plates, 2 forks, 1 table spoon, 1 tea spoon, ceramic bowl(that i use as a cooking pan), and an oven tray,1 big knife and 3 table knives,one double bed (mattress onl ), one set of bedding, one winter blanket,i have one pair of trainers  etc… etc

    i only found out today that i can apply for all these things through LWA, and i have made a claim (ref:lwa12572) and had a reply to say my application been declined because i have applied for lwa before and am only entitled for one application every 24 month! i have appealed for that outragous decision (appeal ref:AF75904) and currently awaiting reply.

    i suffer from sever depression and anexiety, and i have no family nor friends around to help me out, i have seeked all sort of possible options i have open for me even forcing ma self to do some part time work (16 hours or 101£ or less per week ) so i can just feel a live and give myself and ma son just the pure essential life needs but with no joy, i went to jcp recently to seek help and advice and their reply was because you opened new claim and only been on it for few months your help is pretty limited (i was forced into new claim by them for their own mistakes!).
    , i have ran out of options and havent got a clue what to do as even CAB couldnt offer any help, and clearly explained to me that my situation and things that has been done to me by JCP and LWA is a joke , and yet because its the goverment … there is nothing i can do about it…

    yours sincerely

    No one

    Ps; I av now been diagnosed with post traumatic stress And panic disorder with agoraphobia and I have medical asseesment today at 3pm.

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